It's no secret the New York Knicks covet free agent Steve Nash. Amare Stoudemire has lobbied for his former teammate to join him in the Big Apple. The Knicks need point guard depth if they plan on staying competitive. Nash is certainly the guy who can help players fit and make the offense move better as compared to last season.
However, their ability to sign Nash could very well be dependent on their ruling in the arbitration case regarding Jeremy Lin and his Bird Rights. If he doesn't win it, the Knicks will have very little money to spend on singing Nash. Marc Berman of the New York Post has more on the situation.
If the union wins, the Knicks will have their $5 million exception to go after more prominent backcourt players such as point guard Steve Nash or Boston shooting guard Ray Allen. Without a win, the Knicks could be resigned to using their $1.4 million veteran minimum exceptions on lower-tier point guards such as veteran Derek Fisher.
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